Shandaken Projects Names Artists for Inaugural Residency Program on New York’s Governors Island


Five NYC-based cultural practitioners will create site-responsive work over the next year

Shandaken Projects and The Trust for Governors Island are pleased to announce its first residents in the inaugural session of Shandaken: Governors Island. Five NYC-based artists producing work in the fields of poetry, video, critical theory, sculpture, performance and more have been awarded free studio space on Governors Island. As part of their residency, the cultural practitioners will have the opportunity to explore and learn about Governors Island and create work responding to its rich history, unique ecological framework and unparalleled vistas.

Residents announced include Candystore, a poet, artist and performer who has recently presented work at LaMama, Dixon Place, and in Paper magazine; Alicia Grullón, whose performance, video, and photography work is inspired by citizen action movements, and has been shown at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Performa 11, BRIC, and the Creative Time Summit; Kavita Kulkarni, a writer, researcher, and educator who is completing a PhD at NYU on race, affect, culture, and space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and was a recent Rubinstein Critical Studies Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program; Marie Lorenz, whose project Tide and Current Taxi takes participants through New York City using only the tide, in boats that she designs and builds, and whose work has been shown at MoMA PS1 and The Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Tourmaline (FKA Reina Gossett), an artist and filmmaker whose work highlights the capacity of black queer/trans social life to impact the world and has been presented at the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum, MOCA LA, Brooklyn Museum, BAM Cinematek, and the New Museum.

The five residents were selected from an open call. Beginning this fall, residents will work on Governors Island throughout the winter and spring, deepening their practices and developing new work to be presented during Governors Island’s 2019 public season. These, projects, a new addition to Governors Island’s growing art and culture program, will be offered to the island’s hundreds of thousands of visitors for free. The works presented will respond to the context of the island, as experienced by the residents during the course of the program.

“We’re very proud to have created crucially-needed free studio space for New York City–based cultural practitioners in partnership with the Trust,” said Shandaken Projects director Nicholas Weist. “New Yorkers come to Governors Island from every zip code of the city, and we’re excited to bring our residents’ reflections on a local site with a such a unique and important history to these neighbors as well as guests from farther afield.”
“Over the last decade, Governors Island has been a hub for artistic research and experimentation. We are excited to have this amazing group of artists and scholars join our community, expanding the Island’s role as a site for artistic production and further rooting our commitment to providing the time and space that is so pivotal for artists in furthering their practice,” said Meredith Johnson, The Trust for Governors Island’s VP of Arts & Culture.

A full schedule of resident-led public programming, as well as a full calendar of arts and cultural programming on Governors Island for next summer, will be released in spring 2019.

About the residents:

Candystore is a non-binary, multidisciplinary artist, poet, and performer from San Jose, CA. Shimher latest writing project, titled CRAY OO LA, is a series of poems each named after a color from a popular North American crayon manufacturer. Candystore’s writing and art have been published in Paper Magazine, Riot of Perfume, Precog, Phile Magazine, RFD, Mesmer, Hand Job Zine, and others. She-he has performed around New York City at Club Cumming, The AC Institute, LaMama Galleria, Dixon Place, Picasso Machinery, POWRPLNT and every time she-he uses a public restroom. She-he is also a 2018-2019 Queer | Art fellow. Candystore lives in Brooklyn, NY in a pink room.

Alicia Grullón's works have been shown in numerous group exhibitions including The 8th Floor, Columbia University, Center for Book Arts, Franklin Furnace, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, BRIC, School of Visual Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Smack Mellon, Art in Odd Places, Jamaica Flux, and Performa 11. She has received grants from the Puffin Foundation, Bronx Council on the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of New York, and Franklin Furnace Archis and commissioned for the Old Storm Hose and Bronx River Art Center's Immigrant Culture Initiative. Grullón has participated in artists residencies for El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Museum's AIM program, and Korea Arts Council. She has presented at the Creative Time Summit 2015, The Royal College of Art, United States Association for Art Educators, and the Whitney Biennial for Occupy Museum's Debt Fair exhibit. Grullón's project PERCENT FOR GREEN, a functioning green bill created as art with Bronx residents, contributed to her acting as co-lead organizer in the Bronx for the People's Climate March. She is currently an artist in residency at The Center for Book Arts in New York and fellow with the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University. Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Hyperallergic, Creative Time Reports, Blown Art Blog, Art F City, and Art News. She is a contributing author for the forthcoming publication from Palgrave Macmillian "Rhetoric, Social Value and the Arts: But How Does it Work?" and co-author of City Limits article The Intrinstic Value in Neighborhoods Targeted for Gentrification" with Housing Activist and ED of Mothers on the Move Wanda Salaman. She holds a BFA from New York University and an MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz.

Kavita Kulkarni is a writer, researcher, and educator based in Brooklyn, New York. She is currently a PhD candidate and adjunct professor in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, where she is completing a dissertation on race, affect, culture, and the production of space in Fort Greene, Brooklyn from 1945 to 2010. Kavita is also a recent alumnus of the Independent Study Program of the Whitney Museum of American Art as a 2017–2018 Critical Studies participant. Kulkarni holds a BA in Sociology from Emory University and an MA in Individualized Study from New York University. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Kulkarni was a community organizer working on various economic and housing justice issues in Atlanta, Georgia and Brooklyn, New York.

New York-based artist Marie Lorenz has been exploring and documenting urban waterfronts for many years. In 2005 she started her Tide and Current Taxi, taking participants through New York City using only the tide, in boats that she designs and builds. Her artwork has been shown nationally and internationally, from Red Cat Gallery in Los Angeles, California, to MoMA PS1, in New York City. She has completed solo projects at Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, England, Jack Hanley Gallery, in New York City, and the Albright Knox in Buffalo, New York, among others. In 2008 she was awarded the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize for the American Academy in Rome.

Tourmaline (FKA Reina Gossett) is an artist and filmmaker whose work includes Atlantic is a Sea of Bones, The Personal Things, Lost in the Music, and Happy Birthday, Marsha! She is also an editor of TRAP DOOR, an anthology on trans cultural production published by the New Museum & MIT Press. Tourmaline makes film and installed video that highlights the capacity of black queer/trans social life to impact the world while living what is simultaneously an invisible—and hypervisible—existence. The throughline of her filmmaking focuses on everyday people and their mundane creative acts that blur the lines and liens of what constitutes public. She received a BA from Columbia University and is the recipient of the 2018 Publishing Triangle Award, Special Mention at 2018 Outfest Film Festival, 2017 HBO & Queer/Art Prize and 2016 Art Matters Foundation Grant. She is a 2016-2017 participant in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Workspace program, and a 2012-2013 Queer/Art/Mentorship fellow. From 2014-2018 she was an activist in residence at the Barnard Center for Research on Women. Her work has been presented across the world including at the Museum of Modern Art, The Kitchen, The Whitney Museum, MOCA LA, Brooklyn Museum, BAM Cinematek and the New Museum.

Shandaken Projects supports cultural advancement through public programs and artist services. These opportunities are focused on process, experimentation, and dialogue, and are aimed particularly at important but under-served individuals. Through our free residency programs Shandaken: Governors Island and Shandaken: Storm King, our free educational initiative Paint School, and our commissions, public programs, and exhibitions, we create possibilities for cultural practitioners to forge new pathways in their work and in the world. We believe that research, experimentation, and the pursuit of new ideas are vital steps in the progress of culture, and that the creative community must safeguard space for them. We provide an alternative organizational model and significant opportunities for this community in an independent environment. Shandaken Projects is intentionally small-scale.

Governors Island Seeks Proposals for Long-Term Athletic Use of Fields in 2019 and Beyond


The Trust for Governors Island invites non-profit organizations, schools, organized sports leagues and any other interested parties to respond to this Request for Proposals to utilize two possible locations on Governors Island for athletic uses.

Schools, organized youth leagues, adult leagues and non-profit organizations are invited to propose use of our athletic fields for practices, scrimmages, games, tournaments and other recreational activities. Governors Island’s turf fields are able to accommodate a wide range of sports, from baseball and softball to soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse and more. The Trust anticipates multiple organizations using the fields throughout Governors Island’s annual public season, from May 1-October 31 and beyond. Public schools and non-profit organizations are particularly encouraged to submit proposals.

For the RFP and more information, please click here. Proposals are due on December 21, 2018.

Halloween in the Harbor: Governors Island Pumpkin Patch and Trick-or-Treating Returns this October


Our much-anticipated Halloween programming line-up is here!

Pumpkin Point, one of New York City’s only pumpkin patches, will return for its second year during the last two weekends of October with free fall-themed, family-friendly fun! Children and families are also invited to come in costume for free Trick-or-Treating at the historic houses in Nolan Park on Saturday, October 27, from 1-3PM.

“This October, Governors Island is the easiest way to enjoy an affordable fall getaway for visitors of all ages,” said Michael Samuelian, President of the Trust for Governors Island. “From the colorful changing leaves throughout the Island’s sprawling new park spaces to a sea of orange pumpkins in historic Nolan Park, fall is in the air on Governors Island and all New Yorkers are invited to take a short ferry ride to delight in Halloween in the Harbor.”

Returning for its second year, this time in historic Nolan Park, Pumpkin Point will bring thousands of ripe fall pumpkins to Governors Island. The patch is free to visit, and small and medium-sized pumpkins can be handpicked and purchased for a small donation that benefits the Friends of Governors Island. Surrounded by beautiful fall foliage and the village-like atmosphere of former officer’s homes, this free fall spectacular will include free live music, and pumpkin painting with the Children’s Museum of the Arts. Visitors can enjoy a fall beer garden and tasty treats including warm cider, mini pumpkin pies, “ghoulash” by Island vendor Little Eva’s, Blue Marble ice cream and more. Pumpkin Point will be open from 11AM-5PM the last two weekends of the 2018 season, Saturday, October 20 through Sunday, October 21 and Saturday, October 27 through Sunday, October 28.

In addition to Pumpkin Point, Governors Island will host its second annual free Trick-or-Treating on Saturday, October 27. Families are encouraged to dress up in costume and wander from porch to porch of the historic former officers’ homes of Nolan Park, where the Island’s arts and cultural organizations, staff and volunteers will hand out free candy and other treats. Trick-or-Treating will take place Saturday, October 27 only from 1PM-3PM.

“We’re offering all New Yorkers the chance to experience a true ‘small town Halloween’ feeling without leaving the City,” said Merritt Birnbaum, Executive Director of the Friends of Governors Island. “Everyone is invited to our car-free oasis to crunch through the autumn leaves, trick-or-treat at real wooden porches, and pick the perfect pumpkin to take home.”

In 2017, Governors Island extended its season through October 31 for the first time. Last October, nearly 50,000 visitors enjoyed the Island’s spectacular park spaces, fall foliage and Halloween programming. This year, Governors Island is open to the public seven days a week through October 31 from 10 AM to 6 PM weekdays and from 10 AM to 7 PM weekends.

This year’s Pumpkin Point and Trick-or-Treating events are presented by the Trust for Governors Island and the Friends of Governors Island. Generous support for the events is provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Any pumpkins left over from Pumpkin Point will be baked into pumpkin pies and donated to The Bowery Mission, which serves homeless and hungry New Yorkers, or composted on Governors Island by Earth Matter, which runs the Island’s Compost Learning Center.

Climate Signals, five-borough public art installation on Governors Island


Throughout September and October, prominent, unexpected messages about climate change dot the New York City landscape, sparking curiosity and raising awareness. The Climate Museum, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office - Climate Policy and Programs, will present Climate Signals, a multi-site outdoor installation by Justin Brice Guariglia.

The exhibition on Governors Island consists of two large (11’ x 7’), solar-powered highway signs with phrases that draw passers-by into the climate conversation.

Eight more signs will appear in parks across the city in a range of neighborhoods, including some of those most vulnerable to climate change, and will flash translations into several of the many languages of NYC.

The two signs on Governors Island are located at Castle Williams and Yankee Pier.

For a list of all ten locations, visit

Governors Island Art Fair Returns for 11th Edition With Installations Presented Across Colonels Row


On September 1, 4heads will open the Governors Island Art Fair (GIAF), featuring a diverse range of artists from across the U.S. and abroad. Installations, which span the spectrum of artistic genre and media, will be presented across eight of the historic homes on Colonels Row, with each artist installing in an individual room or connective space. Now in its 11th year, GIAF heralds the start of the fall visual arts season in New York, with a spirited atmosphere that encourages conversation between artists and visitors and challenges the established fair paradigm as one exclusively for art connoisseurs. GIAF will be open every Saturday and Sunday through September 30.

GIAF, which first launched in 2008, was among the first major art events to take place on Governors Island. As interest in the Island as a cultural destination has grown, in particular over the last several years, 4heads has remained steadfast in maintaining its presence, continuing to provide working artists with a place to show new and recent work and to build their network of support—both among peers and the public. Each year, GIAF presents the work of up to 100 artists, selected through an open call and jurying process. For the 2018 edition, as with previous iterations, each artist will be given a full room—free of charge—to create an immersive installation or micro-exhibition, allowing the artists more space to highlight their distinct approaches and techniques.

GIAF, which first launched in 2008, was among the first major art events to take place on Governors Island. As interest in the Island as a cultural destination has grown, in particular over the last several years, 4heads has remained steadfast in maintaining its presence, continuing to provide working artists with a place to show new and recent work and to build their network of support—both among peers and the public. Each year, GIAF presents the work of up to 100 artists, selected through an open call and jurying process. For the 2018 edition, as with previous iterations, each artist will be given a full room—free of charge—to create an immersive installation or micro-exhibition, allowing the artists more space to highlight their distinct approaches and techniques.

“As more and more alternative spaces and galleries dedicated to emerging artists are forced to close in the current market climate, we see GIAF is ever more essential. As a group of artists ourselves, we know firsthand how difficult it can be to find opportunities to show work and have meaningful engagement with a range of audiences. GIAF has come to be known as a space to discover, where each year the diversity of artists surprises, inspires, engages, and challenges. We are excited to enter our 11th year, as an artist-for-artist organization, and one that maintains its DIY ethos, offers working artists a dynamic platform, and fosters conversations between artists and the public,” said Laemmle.

“When we first started showing on Governors Island, we were one of the only arts organizations to see the value and interest of occupying the many historic spaces on the Island—breaking out of the white cube and showing our artists in rooms that were frayed, and a little unwieldy, and yet offered a compelling and unexpected context and platform. We are excited to see the growing interest in the Island as an arts locale and look forward to building new partnerships and opportunities for our participating artists and for the public, so that we can continue to bring new artistic voices and concepts to the fore—evening the playing field and giving primacy to emerging, mid-career, and little-known artists,” added Zito.

Participating artists for the 2018 edition of GIAF were selected by 4heads co-founders Laemmle, Robinson, and Zito from more than 800 proposals submitted through the nonprofit’s open call. The selection includes artists new to the 4heads community, as well as those that have shown previously at the group’s art fairs. GIAF continues to offer fair participation to artists free of charge, with 70% of sales also going directly to the artists.

Among the featured artists are:

● Pennsylvania-based artist Samuelle Green. Green constructs her environments from thousands of hand-rolled paper cones, which when combined reference the complex but often overlooked forms found in nature, such as beehives, birds’ nests, and spider webs. Her installations bring these delicate and evocative formations to human scale, encouraging close looking and engagement with the natural world we so often take for granted.

● Irish artist Emma Louise Moore, who will present her most recent body of work exploring the ways in which we push aside ethical consciousness in our everyday choices, and the impact those decisions have on the environment and human interactions. For GIAF, Moore will create a false wall, into which she will carve recognizable forms and texts. These voids will then be filled with figurative sculptures, made in silicone and morphed to fit the open spaces.

● Connecticut-based artist Benjamin Quesnel, whose recent works are inspired by an abandoned mail truck found in the woods of northern Connecticut. The vehicle revealed a box full of mail from 1982, which had never made it to its destination. The discovery led Quesnel to explore ideas around the messages that we send or choose not to share, and ones that we want to express but that are never received or understood by their intended recipients. The truck will be installed on the lawn in front of Colonels Row, with some of the original letters available for the public to read. The installation will encourage visitors to find connections with the authors and leave letters of their own.

● Brooklyn-based painter Jake Scharbach, whose works have been shaped by his childhood in a small town in Washington state. For GIAF, Scharbach will present several new paintings, which explore the creation and materialization of symbols as a means of analyzing contemporary cultural values. The paintings create contradictions and conflicts between history and contemporaneity, as well as our personal ideals and perspectives and the reality of social constructs.

● Iranian artist Moeinedin Shashaei, who will create an installation constructed from casts of the mouths of the people with whom he’s had in-person conversations since moving to New York City in 2014. The work explores and critiques contemporary forms of communication highlighting how despite the technological advances made in connecting people we seem ever more distant from each other, incapable of speaking and forming community.

● New York-based artist Pasakorn Nontananandh, who will creative an interactive digital installation, titled Collective of Time Being. The installation joins pieces of the artist’s personal history and memories with the actions and movements of the visiting public, captured in real-time through the use of Kinect sensor devices. Together, the images from the artist’s memory and the movements of the audience bend and confuse time. The presentation of Nontananandh’s work is part of an ongoing partnership between 4heads and the School of the Visual Arts, providing young artists with an opportunity to engage with other working artists and showcase their work outside of the context of student exhibitions. Graduating SVA students are able to apply with their thesis projects, and go through the same jurying process as the other fair participants.

A comprehensive list of featured artists is available upon request.

About 4heads:

4heads is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization run by artists for artists. It was launched in New York in 2008, when Nicole Laemmle, Jack Robinson, and Antony Zito, who are working artists themselves, saw an opportunity to create a platform that would serve emerging artists and the local community through exhibitions, education programs, and artistic collaborations. The organization’s DIY spirit helps catalyze the ongoing dialogue between artists and people from all walks of life. Its diverse slate of initiatives includes the Governors Island Art Fair, Portal art fair, arts-education initiatives for underserved communities, and a summer Artists in Residence program on Governors Island. 4heads is committed to shedding new light on hidden culture and bringing new life to unexpected and unique spaces across the city.

Getting to GIAF:

Governors Island is less than 10 minutes away from Manhattan and Brooklyn by ferry. Ferries run from Lower Manhattan every day from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 South Street with service from Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 6 on Saturdays, Sundays and Labor Day. All weekday and weekend afternoon ferries from Brooklyn and Manhattan are $3 round trip for adults. Children under 12, NYCID holders, Military personnel and Governors Island members ride for free at all times and senior citizens’ fares are $1. Morning ferries (10 AM and 11 AM and 11:30 AM from Manhattan and 11 AM and 11:30 AM from Brooklyn) on Saturdays and Sundays are free for all. There is no surcharge for bicycles. For schedule and more information, visit .

NYC Ferry also stops at Governors Island via a shuttle from Wall Street/Pier 11 to Yankee Pier (redirected from Pier 102) on Saturdays and Sundays. For more tickets, schedule and more information visit

Every Saturday and Sunday from September 1 – September 30, 2018.

11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Admission is free.

For further information contact or visit

Photo from Hyperallergic

De Blasio Administration Announces Next Step in Transformation of Governors Island into Year-Round Hub for Education, Innovation and Recreation


NEW YORK —Today, the de Blasio Administration officially initiated the public review process for a rezoning of the southern half of Governors Island. This effort has the potential to unlock up to 4.5 million square feet of commercial, academic, cultural and institutional development that would complement and financially sustain the Island’s popular park, public programming, and cultural amenities. This rezoning will draw on the City’s work to repurpose historic buildings with a focus on new development areas to support the job producing industries that represent the future of the City.

“Governors Island’s 43-acre park has made it the jewel of New York Harbor,” said Mayor de Blasio. “The Island is now set to dramatically expand its role in our city’s economy as we turn its southern half into a center of innovation and education.”

"Thanks to almost a decade’s worth of substantial city and philanthropic investment, Governors Island is already a destination for recreation, relaxation and culture for nearly a million visitors annually. This rezoning represents the next step in marrying the Island’s rich history with its future role as a global hub for convening, the arts, tech, and education," said Alicia Glen, Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development.

The proposed rezoning covers 33 acres on the southern half of Governors Island, across two zones previously established for new development as part of a 2010 Park and Public Space Master Plan. The sites include a 7 acre parcel on the western side of the Island with sweeping views of the Statue of Liberty and an expansive 26 acre parcel on the Island’s eastern shore that together have 4.5 million square feet of development potential.

The process outlined today paves the way for new development to be integrated into the southern half of Governors Island that is targeted to support the City’s efforts to further diversify its growing economy. Each development has the potential to allow unique and flexible floorplates to support new industries that represent the City’s future, such as life sciences, media and technology companies. New structures will be predominantly low and mid-rise.

While a federal deed restriction established as part of the 2003 transfer of the Island to New York precludes any full-time residential uses on the Island, this plan will make way for more academic and institutional uses that will complement the Island’s existing character as a popular recreational and cultural destination. All revenue streams from future development will support park operations, maintenance and expanded access to the Island’s open spaces.

Governors Island has grown in popularity among New Yorkers, with a 65% increase in visitorship since 2014. Since the new park was completed in 2016, the Island has expanded from a four month season to a six month season, and late nights on Friday and Saturdays were introduced this year. With over 50 historic buildings on the northern section of Governors Island, the Island currently is home to two year-round tenants: the New York Harbor School and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Art Center. Several new tenants are also preparing to move into buildings on the Island year-round, including Spaceworks and the Billion Oyster Project.

With input from Manhattan Community Board 1 and the Governors Island Community Advisory Committee, guiding principles for future development were established:

Complement and enhance the park and public spaces and respond to environmental conditions

Connect and establish a harmonious relationship with the park, esplanade and Historic District

Retain and frame views within the Island, and towards New York Harbor, Lower Manhattan and the Brooklyn waterfront

Activate building edges along public spaces

Promote innovative design approaches to achieve a high level of resiliency and environmental sustainability

Encourage flexibility to accommodate a wide range of building types and a mix of uses

"This is a great project with important goals, and it's another exciting step on the road toward making Governors Island accessible to the public year-round," said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. "Projects like this one are worth getting right, with a thorough process that takes everything and everyone into account. All New Yorkers interested in the future of Governor's Island should follow this process, come to the hearing, and offer their ideas."

“This announcement represents an opportunity to unlock the full potential of an urban oasis that is quickly becoming an indispensable resource for a growing number of New Yorkers,” said Council Member Margaret S. Chin. “I look forward to working with the Community Board and others throughout Lower Manhattan to ensure that every opportunity is explored and that all concerns are heard throughout this process. Together, I believe we can create a Governors Island with even more cultural and educational activities, idyllic park spaces and playgrounds for all to experience and enjoy.”

“Governors Island is a rare and precious resource for the entire city and region that inspires creativity and innovation,” said Michael Samuelian, President of the Trust for Governors Island. “This next chapter presents an unparalleled opportunity to activate the Island with new educational and research facilities in a destination unlike anywhere else. We look forward to continuing our transformation with a collaborative planning process that will help ensure that this extraordinary open space is accessible and sustainable not just today, but for generations to come.”

“Manhattan Community Board 1 has long supported the work of the Trust and our mutual goal to unleash the potential of Governors Island. Offering a unique combination of more open space along with economic and cultural drivers, all New York will benefit from this development. We look forward to working with there Trust to maximize the uses and benefits,” said Anthony Notaro, Jr., Chair, Manhattan Community Board 1.

Environmental review and scoping for the South Island rezoning will begin this September. A public hearing will be held on September 26, 2018 at 6:00 PM at the Battery Maritime Building located at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan.

CONTACT:, (212) 788-2958

Announcing: Call for Ideas for Haunted Houses and Halloween Experiences on Governors Island


Proposal deadline extended to September 7, 2018

The Trust for Governors Island invites entertainment companies, producers of live attractions and organizations specializing in immersive, theatrical experiences to submit proposals for one or a series of haunted houses or other Halloween experiences on Governors Island for Halloween 2018. This is an exciting opportunity to transform the Island’s historic mansions on Colonels Row into a thrilling seasonal attraction in one of New York City’s most unique and beloved public spaces and recreational destinations with a diverse, fast-growing audience. Thousands of visitors attended Halloween events on Governors Island in 2017, the first year the Island was open to the public in October.

Building on this success, the Trust seeks proposals for a haunted house experience in October, 2018 that amplifies the existing character and spooky atmosphere of these stately, nineteenth-century mansions to create an unforgettable Halloween adventure. Proposals will complement additional Halloween programming on Governors Island, including a pumpkin patch and trick or treating.

Read the full call for ideas.

Two years of the Hills on Governors Island


We're celebrating our anniversary - of the Hills, that is! Two years ago this week, on July 19, 2016, Governors Island opened 10 brand new acres of park space to New Yorkers for climbing, sliding, exploring and taking in some of the best views of New York Harbor, the Statue of Liberty and Lower Manhattan skyline. Since then, hundreds of thousands of visitors have explored the unique landscape of the Hills, enjoying a brand new relationship with the Harbor.

In honor of the Hills, we're looking back at the park in your pictures over the past two years.

Thanks to these 6 women who built the park!


Now enjoyed by hundreds of thousands who have wandered, climbed, biked, discovered and even slid down these new landscapes, Governors Island’s 10 acres of new park were designed to thrive for centuries. The Hills give visitors a new relationship with the sea and sky while offering breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty and New York Harbor. The transformation of Governors Island would not have been possible without the combined efforts of six pioneering leaders.

Thanks to Patti Harris (Former First Deputy Mayor), Ronay Menschel (Past Board Chair of the Trust for Governors Island), Leslie Koch (Past Trust President), Wendy Schmidt (Past Trust Board Member), Ellen Cavanagh (Past Trust Vice President for Planning Design and Construction) and Betty Chen (Past Trust Vice President for Planning and Design) for building this park!

Resident Goats Nameless No Longer!


After a long and thoughtful deliberation, the names of our two female kid goats (one of two shown above) have been decided! Welcome Salt 'n Peppa, who will be making themselves at home on Governors Island's Urban Farm this summer! Originally from Goodale Farms in Riverhead, Long Island, they will be cared for by our friends at Earth Matter until the end of the season.

Besides the fact that our fury friends are adorable and super soft, they have joined the NYC Compost Learning Center in the Urban Farm to help the composting process. Their diet will consist of NY resident vegetable scraps in addition to leaves, weeds, and branches. This will allow them to produce lots of manure. In fact, goat manure has a 2.4% nitrogen content- that's higher than cow (0.6%) and horse manure (0.7%)! The high level of nitrogen makes goat droppings a great addition to the compost.

The Compost Learning Center is located in Governors Island’s Urban Farm, near the Oval and by the entrance to the Hills. It's open to the public Saturdays and Sundays from 12PM-4PM during the season with special activities at 2:30PM.

Visit for a full calendar of events and volunteer opportunities.

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